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5 Tips to Get Through Finals Week

Studying for finals can be difficult to know where to begin and follow through on. You’ve made it this far, keep going. Here are a few tips to help you get through this week. 

Set attainable goals

Start by setting a goal of how much you’d like to get done for the day. Then, create a plan on how to achieve the larger goal through mini goals. Set up specific times and dates that these mini goals should be completed. This way, you can look back and keep track of your progress. (I also like to write down the goal I have for my class grade and the exam/assignment grade that it takes to achieve it. This helps me look at the bigger picture of what I’m working towards.) Keep in mind that you are human, not a robot, and will need breaks. Work overload will leave you burnt out rather than prepared. 

Try the Pomodoro technique 

This technique is helpful for those with short attention spans. The technique is simple. First, begin by creating a to-do list. The timer is set for 25 minutes to work on a single task. Once the timer rings, you have completed one Pomodoro. Now it’s time for either a 5 or 15 minute break! Continue this process until your tasks are all completed. Here is an online Pomodoro timer to use.

Be present

In order to stay focused, it’s important to put away physical distractions but also mental distractions. Some mental distractions might look like dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. To fully engage in your work, remember that we can’t change the past and the future hasn’t happened yet. 

Learn from the past and do something today that your future self will thank you for. 

Get a study buddy

Get a friend to hold you accountable for your studying. Keep each other motivated and make studying more bearable. You can also try a study group with a few classmates. 

Grab a snack & stay hydrated

Have some of your favorite drinks and snacks throughout the day. You earned it. 

Good luck on finals!

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Britney is a junior transfer majoring in Psychology at University of California Irvine.
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